A multi-disciplinary project initiated by writer Ingo Niermann.
For the first time ever the «Army of Love» appears in Switzerland!
To celebrate this special occasion AoL will present the film «Army of Love» by Alexa Karolinski & Ingo Niermann and then engage the audience into a workshop of how the «Army of Love» works.
Let's create our Swiss Army of Love!
«Army of Love»,
by Alexa Karolinski & Ingo Niermann
HD film, 40 min., 2016
Cinematography: Gernot Bayer, Music: Alvin Aronson, Sound mix: Jon Eckhaus, Styling: Viviane Hausstein, Costumes: Hood by Air, Cast: Anna Barbara, Ashiq Khondker, Cynthia Scholten, Hans Rosenfeldt, Ingo Niermann, Johanna Eck, Julieta Aranda, Leon Aranda, Marc Elsner, Marie Golüke, Matthias Vernaldi, Moritz Wulf, Stefan Weise, Stephanie Klee, Tarren Johnson, ZomaCrum-Tesfa
As the «Army Of Love» proclaims, «…romantic love is saturated with commoditization. The socialistic premise behind «free love» crumbles when desiring competition gets in the way, and in the age of hook-up apps, the possibility of free sex represents the liberalization, not the liberation, of love.»
They point out a missing link in Marxist analysis: even in a society where there is access to basic needs, commodities, and structures, attractiveness is not distributed equally, «leaving out those considered to be old, ugly or unsuccessful.» The practitioners of the Army offer all-encompassing love - one that includes care, desire, sex, and respect absent of maudlin emotions yet full of gratitude - to all those who need it.
Army of Love is a multi-disciplinary project initiated by writer Ingo Niermann in collaboration with invited guests.
Previous presentations include: Wiesbaden Biennale, MACBA, Barcelona, CASCO Utrecht, LA CASA ENCENDIDA, Madrid.
Ingo Niermann (DE) is a writer and the editor of the speculative book series Solution. His work has been featured at Berlin Biennale, Istanbul Biennale, dOCUMENTA (13), La Biennale di Venezia, MACBA and MoMA. Niermann studied Philosophy and Sociology at Freie Universitat Berlin and is currently living in Basel.